Here's the current ranking for the top 10 right handers in the upcoming draft. This list and an upcoming list of left handed pitchers are the pitchers you want to follow in the first round of this draft. Hopefully, this is where the Mets first pick will come from. -
1. Hunter Greene - Notre Dame HS (CA)
PG: - "Put on a show at PG National showing easy power at the plate and a power arm on the mound. We have seen up to 97. Won HR Derby at PG All American Classic. Just fun to watch him play. Special all around talent."
2. Alex Faedo - Florida
The Ball's Out of Here: - "Faedo throws a solid fastball that sits around 93-94, but his best pitch is his slider. John Manuel of Baseball America said it grades out in the range of 65-70 on a 20-80 scale. MLB.com gives Faedo's fastball and slider a grade of 60."
3. (tie) Kyle Wright - Vanderbilt
Today's Knuckleball: - "Wright is right on the cusp of Tier 1 thanks to his size (6-4, 220), clean arm action, and stuff, which includes a ow-to-mid 90s fastball, aprimary 11-5 curveball, a short slider/cutter and a basic changeup."
3. (tie) JB Bukauskas - North Carolina
Bleacher Report: - “Bukauskas was an elite high school prospect, but he decided to go the college route and he has a chance to be the top player in the MLB Draft in 2017. While the 5'11", 190-pound Bukauskas is not a physically imposing pitcher, he has a fastball that reaches the mid-90s and one of the best curveballs that scouts have seen. Mentally, Bukauskas has the kind of traits that scouts, general managers and coaches want to see from starting pitchers.”
5. Tanner Houck - Missouri
The Ball’s Out Of Here: - “Both Callis and Mayo projected Missouri pitcher Tanner Houck in their first mock draft. A 20-year-old righty born in Illinois, Houck stands tall at 6’5, and projects to be a “quick to the majors” pitcher like Aaron Nola coming out of LSU. Callis: Philadelphia’s system is hitter-heavy, so a quick-to-the-Majors pitcher like Houck would make sense. Mayo: Houck’s hard sinker could be a very good weapon in the Phillies’ very hitter-friendly home park. After aggressively pursuing high school talent in the 2016 Draft, adding a more advanced college arm might not be a bad idea.”
6. Alex Lange - LSU
John Sickles: - “Lange entered 2017 as a potential first round pick, probably in the middle of the round. His first two outings this year (five dominant innings against Air Force on February 18th and six innings with 12 strikeouts against Maryland on the 24th) are an excellent opening volley and continued pitching of this quality will push him into the top ten.”
7. Tristan Beck - Stanford
Baseball America: - “Stanford righthander Tristan Beck, a preseason second-team All-American who was the team’s Opening Day starter last year, will miss the opening of the 2017 season with a back injury. A source with direct knowledge of the situation, who wished to remain unidentified, said Beck had X-rays taken earlier this week that revealed a small stress fracture in his back. His doctor’s first course of action is to give Beck four weeks off before resuming baseball activity. He’ll then have to work his way back into throwing shape, which likely will push his first start of the season back to April.”
8. Hans Crouse - Dana Hills HS (CA)
Perfect Game: - “Can run his fastball up to 97 mph! Very good and up to 96 at PG All American Classic. Fun to watch him pitch”
9. Hagen Danner - Huntington Beach HS (CA)
When The Giants Come To Town: - “Hagen Danner is a 6'2", 185 lbs. RHP out of Huntington Beach, CA. Hit and pitched for a team that won the Little League World Series when he was 12 years old. He's a 2-way player for Huntington Beach HS piching and catching, but most scouting reports emphasize his pitching. He has a conventional windup and delivery with a high 3/4 release point. The FB gets up to 94 MPH and he has a nice curveball and a developing changeup to go with it. He is listed as a top 10 2017 draft talent on most early boards, but is committed to UCLA. Honestly, if I didn't know he was listed that high, I would say he should go to school. I know you can't turn down top 10 money, but he just looks like a college pitcher to me, someone who might be a top 10 pick in 3 years if he gains some strength and velocity and polishes his game.”
10. Colton Hock - Stanford
When The Giants Come To Town: - “Colton Hock has pitched out of the bullpen for Stanford the past 2 college seasons. He started 2 games for the Cardinal last year. He's been listed in the 20-25 range in several early 2017 draft rankings and at least one early mock draft has him going to the Giants at #21(they've since improved their draft position to #19). He was used as a SP on the Cape Cod League this past summer and put up pretty good peripheral numbers with an improved walk rate being the most impressive. He's got a big strong starter's body. What's kept him in the bullpen is a two pitch mix of a mid-90's FB and a nice curveball. His velocity dipped into the 92-93 MPH range while starting on the Cape, so he really needs to develop at least 1 more at least average pitch to think about starting in the pros. Still, he has a big league body and a big league fastball. Theoretically, you can teach the rest.”